Tables Chairs and Other Unrelated Objects 9

Design by Jimmy Brannen
Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

For furniture makers, it is not always the object alone that is pursued. As students at OCAD University, we are encouraged to look beyond the final object, to explore and to develop our thinking around the context. The role of furniture as a medium for personal expression, as a reflection of social and cultural norms, and as an influence upon human behaviour becomes the focal point. This exhibition presents original furniture pieces that take these broader discussions into consideration. Growth requires exploration; the goal is to plant the seeds of passion rather than ego.

This annual exhibition of furniture created by the students of OCAD University is now in its ninth year and has become a valued tradition within the school’s design department.

Curated by Kristi Chen & Courtney Thompson

Venue & Address: 
165 Augusta

Gord Peteran: Furniture

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 6:00pm

Gord Peteran: Furniture 

Book Launch & Reception

Tuesday October 30, 2018, 6-9 pm

The Art Gallery of Guelph’s latest publication, Furniture, features the work of Toronto-based artist Gord Peteran with texts by artists, curators, and collectors including Glenn Adamson, William Anderson, Matthew Brower, Ian Carr-Harris, David Dorenbaum, Charles Hummel, Ernie Kerr, Judith Nasby, Michael Prokopow, and Ron Shuebrook

Onsite Gallery, OCAD University
199 Richmond St. W. (ground floor)
Toronto, ON


Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery, OCAD University 199 Richmond St. W. (ground floor) Toronto, ON
Gord Peteran: Furniture, Book Launch & Reception poster with image of a cabinet door and an axe, text on red background

Tables, Chairs and Other Unrelated Objects

Tables, Chairs and Other Unrelated Objects 7
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 1:00pm to Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 6:00pm

Over the years, Tables, Chairs & Other Unrelated Objects has become a growing tradition within the school’s design department. For its seventh edition, and as part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, the exhibition will be hosted by Artscape Daniels Spectrum for the first time ever, while Ignite Gallery will concurrently showcase works from this past year’s cohort. The exhibition is curated by Ellie Oram and Jasmin Liu with the input of our long time sponsor Monarch Plywood and the furniture design faculty. 

For furniture makers, it is not always the object alone that is pursued. The role of furniture is explored; as a medium for personal expression, as a reflection of social and cultural norms, and as an influence upon human behaviour becomes the focal point. This exhibition presents original furniture pieces that take these broader discussions into consideration. Growth requires exploration, the goal is to plant the seeds of passion rather than ego.


165 Augusta Avenue, Toronto

Exhibition runs: January 10 - January 24, 2018
Reception: Saturday, January 20, 6 - 10 p.m.

Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m

Ignite Gallery will be featuring work by:


Image: Stein Wang (STUDIO HI THANKS BYE) - UO


585 Dundas Street East, 2nd Floor Gallery

Exhibition runs: January 14 - February 4, 2018
Reception: Thursday, January 18, 6 - 9 p.m.

Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 8am-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm

Daniels Spectrum will be featuring work by:


Learn more: Toronto Design Offsite Festival

This exhibition was made possible by the generous contributions of Monarch Custom Plywood, Artworkers Retirement Society, Keilhauer, and Artscape. Special thanks to gallery coordinators Elle Alconcel and Esmaa Mohamoud, OCAD U faculty members Gord Peteran, Ted Hunter, Kirsten White, Connie Chisholm, and all participating designers.


Ignite Gallery
165 Augusta Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2L4

Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Sunday: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information please contact the gallery ( or visit our website:


Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery, 165 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4 | Artscape Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East, 2nd Floor Gallery
(416) 596-7538
Free and open to the public


Paul Epp has taught, part-time, at OCAD since 1993 and full-time since 2005. He has been professionally active, variously, as a consultant industrial designer, design columnist, exhibit designer, interior designer, watercraft designer, graphic designer, sculptor, designer of monuments, manufacturer, entrepreneur and educator, among other design related activities, since 1973.

Mary Anne Barkhouse: Boreal Baroque

Boreal Baroque
Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 4:00am

The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Kitchener presents work by OCAD alumna Mary Anne Barkhouse in the Keith & Winifred Shantz Gallery and the Donald & Pamela Bierstock Gallery. The exhibition includes exquisitely crafted representations of animals adorning baroque furniture; this juxtaposition provides a stark contrast reminiscent of the palace gardens at Versailles. Forest creatures lounge on side-tables. Glass bats hang carefully from a finely worked metal chandelier. The atmosphere of the entire exhibition is strange, unusual and wonderful. Boreal Baroque also presents an incredible level of workmanship in bronze, glass, and copper.

Venue & Address: 
Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery 25 Caroline Street North, Waterloo, Ontario
$10 for Adults, $5 for Students and Seniors under 12 free with adult accompaniment Tues. - Fri.: free admission 5 - 6 pm

OCAD x Castor CU Design Hack

Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 5:00am

Please join us at the OCAD x Castor CU Design Hack event taking place this Saturday, February 6th at 1161 Dundas St. West. Feel free to drop by during the day (12-8pm) to see work in progress, or for the after party (8-10pm), complete with judging and exhibition of the final furniture, products and lighting objects. Please see the invitation attached.


Venue & Address: 
1161 Dundas Street West
CU OCAD X Castor Design Hack Event poster with event info


Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 4:00am to Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 4:00am

Exhibition Reception & Sculpture Unveiling: Thursday, September 25th at 7:00 pm

Artists Talk: Tuesday, October 7th at 12:00 pm

Featuring new and recent work by Toronto sculptor Gord Peteran

This exhibition includes objects made from brass, wood, and found objects as well as graphite drawings on paper. Through his art, Peteran strives to reveal furniture’s role as a multi-faceted body prosthetic, both physically and conceptually. Peteran’s latest works are driven by the notion that “objects of the home reveal our deepest struggles.”

Peteran’s largest and most recent sculpture in brass, Artifact of Invention, is the 38th outdoor installation in the sculpture park, commissioned by MSAC with support from the Florence Partridge Fund and from the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program.

Venue & Address: 
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre 358 Gordon Street Guelph, Ontario

Illustration grads bring their talents to John Street – Toronto’s Red Carpet

Rosena Fung working on her chairs. Photo: Christine Crosbie.
Michael Pitropov paints his chair designs. Photo: Christine Crosbie.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 3:30pm

OCAD University partnered with the Toronto Entertainment District BIA (TOED BIA) to bring greater access to the John Street Cultural Corridor with the John Street Pedestrian Initiative (JSPI). For six months a lane will be closed to vehicles and become a pedestrian-friendly space. Rosena Fung and Michael Pitropov, recent OCAD U graduates, re-interpreted 20 red Muskoka chairs with their illustrations. The chairs will remain in place through the fall for pedestrians to lounge in. 

“John Street presents a unique opportunity for the city to allow the public to experience part of our civic realm in a whole new way,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, president of OCAD U. “The Entertainment District is going through extraordinary growth and John Street will provide this community with a unique destination not unlike many great cities around the world. We are pleased to be the first to play a role in bringing art to this transformative public space.” The students’ collective efforts, referred to as John StreetToronto’s Red Carpet will remain on display along the John Street Cultural Corridor until October 12, 2014.

The John Street Pedestrian Initiative’s project area places a focus on the east side of John Street, between Queen and Adelaide Streets, because it has the narrowest sidewalks and the largest number of patios in the corridor. The east curb lane traffic closure positively influences how pedestrians experience and use the street by providing them with a safe, wide pedestrian realm. The separation of the roadway and expanded pedestrian zone will be delineated by new pavement traffic markings, signage, planters and armour stones. In addition, tables, chairs and umbrellas enhance and contribute to the vibrancy of the surrounding area.

The long-term vision for the John Street transformation includes wider sidewalks, continuous double row of trees on the west side and flexible curbs resulting in calmer traffic and greater programming opportunities.

The detailed design is underway and will be completed in 2015. A Class Environmental Assessment Study of John Street was completed in 2012. Programmable lighting, convenient access to electrical conduits and coordinated paving treatments will be some of the many elements under consideration.

The vision for the street is to create a grand promenade connecting visually and physically the key cultural destinations across the corridor. “The long-term vision for the transformation of the street to a beautiful cultural corridor will be kick-started with the launch of the art project in partnership with OCAD U,” said Janice Solomon, Executive Director, Toronto Entertainment District BIA.

The City Staff report on the John Street corridor project can be found here.

The John Street Cultural Corridor, from north Queen Street West to south of Front Street West, is recognized as a route of civic and cultural importance in the City, encompassing major facilities and institutions including the Art Gallery of Ontario, OCAD U, Bell Media, the National Film Board of Canada, the CBC Broadcast Centre, the Princess of Wales and Royal Alexandra Theatres, the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Roy Thomson Hall, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, CN Tower, Rogers Centre, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Air Canada Centre, Steam Whistle Brewing and the National Rail Museum at Roundhouse Park. City Council, in considering plans and studies of this area at various times over a number of years, has designated or identified John Street as a “Cultural Corridor,” an “Avenue of the Arts” and a “Pedestrian Priority Route.”